President Obama: On the Right Side of History

“I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”  With those words, President Barack Obama becomes the first sitting President of the United States to publicly embrace marriage equality.

In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts that will air on “World News  With Diane Sawyer” and “Good Morning America”, the President says it’s time, “I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

This comes three days after Vice President Joe Biden stated, “I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying [one] another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And, quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.”

And, Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe, Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressed his support of same-sex marriage, which likely added some pressure on the president.

This great news comes just one day after a majority of voters in the great state of North Carolina approved “Amendment 1” which amends the constitution to say that marriage is between one man and one woman AND that this is the ONLY domestic legal union that will be valid in the state.

President Obama, I applaud you for coming out for marriage equality.

While my marriage is legal in Iowa and Illinois, I now have faith that the rest of the country will be given that right, sooner rather than later, and that the Defense of Marriage Act will be history one day soon.



2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Darla on May 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    If you can, go to and read Connie Schultz’s column called “Finally, the President Says ‘I do’ “. It made me cry. I love her stuff.


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